Hyderabad Demolish Bangalore With An Emphatic Win
SRH 172-2 (Warner 57) beat
RCB 166 (de Villiers 46) by eight wickets
eighth match, Indian Premier League in Bangalore
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan stroked confident half-centuries to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) demolish Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to win their first game in this edition of the Indian Premier League by eight wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
SRH won the toss and elected to field first considering Bangalore has one of the best grounds in the world to chase down targets.
Chris Gayle (21) and Virat Kohli (41) both started out well racing to 39 in the first five overs.
However, Gayle’s ominous signs after making it to 200 sixes in IPL, didn’t account for much as Praveen Kumar (1-34) playing ahead of Ishant Sharma picked his wicket with a set plan of bowling into his pads.
Kohli was reprieved by Karn Sharma (1-20) off his own bowling when the former was on 21.
Kohli made them pay with a four and a six off Praveen the very next over. Dinesh Karthik (9) didn’t last long getting a top-edge off his slog sweep.
Ravi Bopara (2-31) after being smashed for two fours by AB de Villiers (46) picked Kohli’s wicket in the 12th over.
RCB though was getting a move on thanks to de Villiers who smashed Bopara for another four and six in his next over even as Darren Sammy (6) failed to keep a yorker out from Ashish Reddy (1-11).
RCB managed 52 off the last five overs thanks to some fireworks from de Villiers. They could have gotten many more after taking Praveen for 14 runs in the 18th over.
But, Trent Boult (3-36) bowled an eventful over in the 19th picking three wickets including the big one of de Villiers who stroked two sixes and five fours in his 28-ball knock.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-30) affected a double strike in the last over, ensuring RCB were all out for 166, a below par score at the Chinnaswamy.
Karn was the pick of the bowlers while Bopara took couple of bonus wickets including the big one of the RCB skipper.
SRH started out brilliantly as Sean Abbott (0-21) went for 16 in his first over including three fours.
Warner (57), who was on fire got stuck into Harshal Patel (0-23) smashing him for three fours and a six following it up with two fours and a six against Varun Aaron (0-36) who was having trouble with his landing area.
SRH raced away to 65 in six overs for no loss, the best Power-play score so far this IPL.
While Dhawan (50 not out) was playing a sheet anchor role, Warner was punishing the RCB bowlers who largely bowled a mixture of innocuous short deliveries and full tosses.
Warner’s 27-ball whirlwind knock studded with four sixes and six fours came to an end as Yuzvendra Chahal (2-28) deceived him with a leg-spinner, catching him LBW.
Kane Williamson (5) didn’t last long either, stumped in Chahal’s next over, Karthik pulling a good stumping.
However, Dhawan anchored the chase beautifully building a good partnership with Lokesh Rahul (44 not out) who played sensibly for his own part, RCB bowlers struggling with the dew.
The pair brought up their 50 partnership in 41 balls without too many risky shots. It didn’t help that RCB gave away a lot of extras, 16 in total.
Dhawan brought up his own half century in 41 balls with a lovely six flicked off his boots to a free hit from Abu Nechim (0-41).
The Sunrisers finished the game off emphatically in the 18th over, Rahul smashing a four and a six to round off an unbeaten 78-run partnership in just 45 balls.
Chahal was the only RCB bowler to pick wickets and bowl with control.
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